240 Centre Street

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Former New York City
Police Headquarters Building
looking downtown from Broome Street (2008)
240 Centre Street is located in New York City
240 Centre Street
240 Centre Street is located in New York
240 Centre Street
240 Centre Street is located in USA
240 Centre Street
Location 240 Centre St.
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°43′12″N 73°59′56″W / 40.72000°N 73.99889°W / 40.72000; -73.99889Coordinates: 40°43′12″N 73°59′56″W / 40.72000°N 73.99889°W / 40.72000; -73.99889
Built 1905-1909
Architect Hoppin & Koen
Architectural style Beaux Arts
Edwardian Baroque
Renaissance Revival
NRHP Reference # 80002690[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 28, 1980
Designated NYCL September 26, 1978

240 Centre Street, formerly the New York City Police Headquarters building, between Broome and Grand Streets in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1905-1909, and was designed by the firm of Hoppin & Koen. It housed the headquarters of the New York City Police Department from 1909 to 1973, and was converted into luxury condominiums in 1988 by the firm of Ehrenkranz Group & Eckstut. It is now known as the Police Building Apartments.[2][3][4][5]

The building at 240 Centre Street replaced an older building nearby on Mulberry Street, where Theodore Roosevelt had served as New York City Police Commissioner.[6] Following the consolidation of the cities of New York (Manhattan) and Brooklyn, the counties of Queens and Richmond (Staten Island), and a part of Westchester County which was appended to The Bronx, into the city of "Greater New York" in 1898, the police department underwent expansion and needed a new headquarters building.

The Police Building was designated a New York City landmark in 1978,[2] and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.




  1. ^ Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Postal, Matthew A. (ed. and text); Dolkart, Andrew S. (text). (2009) Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.) New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1, p.41
  3. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5. , pp. 84-85
  4. ^ Cusack, Andrew. "The Old Police Building"
  5. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-04-01.  Note: This includes Virginia Kurshan; Joan R. Olshansky; Elizabeth Spencer-Ralph (August 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Former Police Headquarters Building" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-01.  and Accompanying photographs
  6. ^ Riis, Jacob A. The Making of an American. 1901.

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